The media trumpets sex abuse in Catholic institutions, but ignores sex abuse in government schools

The media trumpets sex abuse in Catholic institutions, but ignores sex abuse in government schools. By Tom Hoopes, from 2006 (though nothing has changed).

Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and the first thing that came to her mind …were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.

“[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?” she said. “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”

So, in order to better protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of the school systems, with headlines about a “Nationwide Teacher Molestation Cover-up” and by asking “Are Ed Schools Producing Pedophiles?”

No, they didn’t. That treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater problem in the schools was ignored altogether. …

422,000 California public-school students would be victims before graduation — a number that dwarfs the state’s entire Catholic-school enrollment of 143,000.

Yet, during the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government’s discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools. …

The Times’ Kurt Eichenwald explained that pedophiles often discuss their personal lives. They come from all walks of life, but they like to speak about how close their jobs take them to children. “The most frequent job mentioned, however, was schoolteacher,” he wrote. “A number of self-described teachers shared detailed observations about children in their classes, including events they considered sexual, like a second-grade boy holding his crotch during class.” …

In 1992, the National Victim Center estimated that 29 percent of all forcible rapes in America were against children under age 11. More than a decade later, an estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys are victims of unwanted sexual acts.

The 2002 Department of Education report estimated that from 6 percent to 10 percent of all students in public schools would be victims of abuse before graduation.

Public school teacher unions are a major part of the left coalition, while Christians are impediments to the narrative. The media systematically abuse opponents of the narrative, but you already knew that.

Ace of Spades:

Obviously, there is a lot of child sexual abuse committed by government agent teachers. …

If priests insisted on a right to have “rap” sessions with underaged boys about homosexuality, the left would be on a crusade to set fires to churches.

But when their political shock troops the teachers demand sexual access to children, they support it, and claim teachers have every right and indeed every responsibility to have “rap” sessions with kids about homosexuality and transgenderism.

And to keep it all secret from Mom and Dad.